January 7, 2019


PRESENT:  John Wright, Bill Gauger, Cathy Acker, David Lucey, Minnie Gauger, Mark Hottmann,  Ingmar Nelson, Wayne Schutte, Andrea Joo, Jim Whitaker

OTHERS:  John Halverson, Dick Peck, Ray Porter, Rod and Curtis Johnson, John English, Matt Seguim, Mike LaSisjonila, Kim Starr Shutter, Barbara Howl?, Brent Drews, Nancy Por?, Jeff Wirth, Larry J Lemont?


The Plan Commission meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.  Roll call was taken. Plan Commission Quorum present.  


Peck:  First, he is asking to enlarge the existing B-2 Hwy Lot and will need to include, as a conditional use, all existing and proposed uses on that lot.  Currently, the only approved uses on record are a farm market and craft fairs.  He’ll need to again at least request these, as well as the deer farm, petting zoo and hay rides.

The corn maze he has operated to the east is considered “agritainment” by definition in the county zoning ordinance.  This necessitates zoning that 10 acres to the AB-1 Ag Business district with a conditional use for agritainment.  If the Town only wants that to consist of a corn maze, it should make that a requested condition.  Here is the definition within the ordinance:


A farm based activity, enterprise, or business that combines the elements and characteristics of agriculture and tourism, which is not necessarily located in an existing building and may have more than one full time employee.  Examples of agritainment include:  corn mazes; hay rides; sleigh rides; on farm tours; agricultural related museums; demonstrations of farming practices, techniques and methods; haunted barns and similar activities which are related to agriculture.

Finally, the balance of land south of the market that is proposed to be sold to Alsum Farms is being proposed to be zoned C-1.  This allows continued cropping, but no construction.

Land Division; Re-zone 3.2 acres rezone to B2 totally 5.8 Acres to existing Farm Market.  32 acres to sell to Alsums.  Needs to be re-zoned to AB-1 Ag Business. 

Plan Commission heard first:   Schutte motion for a Re-zone 3.3 acres rezone to B2 totally 5.8 Acres and land division to 5.8 acres  hay rides, petting zoo, brat stand, farm market, equipment storage, and craft fair  for conditional use.   Joo Seconds.  Motion carried.

Schutte motioned to Re-zone corn maze from A-1 to AB-1 totally 10 acres.with conditional use for Agritainment including corn mazes; hay rides; sleigh rides; haunted shed, well maintained dumpster. Joo seconded.  Motion carried.  Peck agreed to have a designated crosswalk to enhance safety.

Schutte moved to approve minutes with above recommendations.  Joo seconds.  Motion carries.

Joo motions to Re-zone 32.447 from A-1 to C-1. Schutte seconded.  Motion carried.


Plan Commission is adjourned.






January 28, 2019


Present:  Cheryl Schmidt, Mark Hottmann, Andrea Joo (late), Ingmar Nelson, David Lucey, John Wright, Bill Gauger, Wayne Schutte.

Others Present:  Dennis Halverson, Emily Martorano, Ana Maria Vascan

The meeting was called to order at 6:00 pm.  Roll call was taken. All present.  Joo  late.  Schutte moved to approve the minutes of the December 18, 2017 meeting.   Nelson seconded.  Minutes approved.

Posted: Town Hall; Arena Post Office; Arena Peoples Bank;; Town of Arena on Facebook; Arena BP; Grandma Mary’s

Emily Martorano, Ana Marie Vascan-wants to purchase 55 acres from J. Rasmussen.  They’re in Avoca now and raise pork, mushrooms, eggs and sell at farmers market.  The newer house, zone AG 1 now.  Discussion on other zoning because they would like to do a B & B-AB or B2.  PC thought was that it was a good idea so they’ll move forward on the purchase.

Dennis Halverson-Higgs farm at east end of Loy Road.  Lot 1 will be 16 acres with buildings.  Neighbor Hamilton will get the rest of the acreage, 32 acres of the 48 acres there.  Need rezone from A to AR-1.  Motion by Nelson to approve contingent on the CSM turned in.  Schutte, 2nd.   Passed. Paid check $500.00.

Andrea in. 

Public comment:   Meeting Monday, 2/4 at 5:00 p.m. with Peck, Lerner, and Rosenthal.

Schutte  motioned to adjourn.  Nelson second.  Motion carried.  Adjourned


Next Meeting February 25, 2019